Mercedes-Benz C-Class tyres
Mercedes-Benz launched the original C-Class back in 1993. It replaced the much-loved and very popular 190, which for many years was the smallest model in the manufacturer’s range. The C-Class retained all the features which had made the 190 so popular in the executive saloon market.
Certainly the C-Class has never lacked for badge appeal, an all-important feature in a market in which fellow German marques BMW and Audi have always been Mercedes-Benz’s largest rivals. The C-Class has also always promised and delivered comfort, safety and refinement. Build quality and reliability mean that many older versions of the original C-Class are still going strong today. They also underpin the model’s rock-solid residual values and mean that this Mercedes-Benz is enduringly popular as both a new and used car purchase.
There are many cheaper cars of a similar size in the market. Critically, though, they won’t tick all the boxes for C-Class drivers. This theme continues into tyre choice: almost every major tyre manufacturer produces a tyre which will fit the C-Class. However, the list of etyres’ best-selling tyres for this car tells its own story. By some considerable way, Continental tyres are the most popular replacement tyres for this car.
Of Continental’s ranges, it’s the SportContact which sells the most, and again by the clichéd country mile. The ‘MO’ (Mercedes-Benz approved) version of this premium brand tyre combines excellent grip, comfort, economy and durability, making it a perfect match for the C-Class. Needless to say, it is among the more expensive ‘non-specialist’ premium brand tyres available, but for many customers it is worth the extra cost. Interestingly, the smallest size in which it is sold is to fit 17-inch wheels. As such, it will not fit all older versions of this car. It’s the same maker’s PremiumContact which is the second most popular choice with C-Class drivers. This tyre is available in sizes from 14 inches upwards and in Mercedes-approved versions, so size should not be an issue.
Other tyres which are available in ‘MO’ formats include Michelin’s Energy Saver and Primacy ranges and various Pirelli options. These are all considered premium brand tyres and come behind only Continental in popularity with C-Class drivers. In contrast, on a relative basis budget and economy tyres languish at the very bottom of the sales chart for fitting to these cars. That said, etyres supplies and fits a huge number of these and many will do the job for an older C-Class without breaking the bank.
For owners of a car like the C-Class, one for which so many different replacement tyre options are available, the new EU labelling system is a great help. The C-Class has always offered safety and performance, both of which will be complemented by a tyre with a good wet grip rating. With increased roadholding and sharper braking in dry as well as wet conditions, these tyres mean safer motoring. As with so much in life, ultimately you usually get what you pay for. Therefore for many C-Class drivers, paying a little bit more for a tyre with better grip qualities is an investment worth making. Many premium brand tyres will combine these grip levels with a good rating for fuel economy. This will be another important consideration for the many drivers who use their C-Class to cover a high mileage every year.
One of the reasons for the comfortable drive of the C-Class is the car’s balance between its front and rear axles. Integral to this is rear-wheel-drive. The only drawback with this is that the car can suffer on snow and ice. For drivers who rely on their C-Class in the worst of the British weather, winter tyres can often be a sensible choice and are certainly worth considering. For a C-Class with standard 16-inch wheels, or the 17-inch sizes on the Sport models, plenty of these are available.